This has been the 11th game this season where we’ve lead entering the 4th quarter only to lose. Some say Casey focuses too much on defence and not enough on offence by using the wrong rotations. What gives? Bad coaching? Players crumbling under pressure? What are your thoughts?
Rumours are coming out of the wood works in Toronto that Lowry could soon be on his way out. Everything but being called the “team cancer” has been mentioned in one way or another. On paper, he seemed like the perfect fit for Casey and the Raptors. What do you think happened?
As they tried to guard against Kyrie Irving tying the game, the Raptors forgot all about the possibility he could win it. With one of their most passive defensive efforts of the game when toughness was called for, the Raptors let Irving bury a three-pointer with less than a second left in the game as they lost a heartbreaking 99-98 decision to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Air Canada Centre.
Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said he suggested Irving try to win the game with a three-pointer as opposed to trying to force overtime with a drive. The Cavaliers played Friday night, while the Raptors were rested. “I told him, ‘I’m glad you took my advice, went for the win, went for the kill,’” Scott said…. Read more »
I wanted to get a win. It was personal for me. In a year and a half of being in the NBA, I hadn’t gotten a win against Toronto. To hit a game-winner and beat them on their home court feels good. Kyrie Irving on beating Toronto Source
This I can explain. His low usage rate when he is on the floor minimize his impact on team stats, such as team O/D rating and even plus minus (since that stat also accounts for the other members of the rotation. However, when he is being used, his individual stats, or the stats that are only dependant on his contributions, he looks pretty good, pretty great even.
Basically, like what everyone else has been saying, it comes down to usage rate. Involve him enough in the offense and there's no reason why his individual efficiency won't be reflected in the team stats.
Now here's where you might say "but the raptors lose more when he shoots more than average, so the usage rate argument doesn't hold up". That's a fair point, but I would argue that Jonas often gets those extra field goals when A) the guards are putting up a ton of bricks and Jonas is cleaning the glass, or B) he's a last resort after its clear that the other scoring options aren't working. In both scenarios, the team as a whole is playing below average, so it makes sense that they would win a lower percentage of games.